February 28, 2013
- expedient (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : suitable for bringing about a desired result often without regard to what is fair or right
- How do you use it?
- We decided that most expedient solution to the problem was to revise the schedule.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "expedient"?"Expedient," "politic," and "advisable" mean dictated by practical or sensible motives. "Expedient" usually implies what is immediately advantageous, without concern for ethics or consistent principles, as in "Our choice was expedient, not emotional." "Politic" stresses wisdom especially in dealing with others or in carrying out a policy, but usually implies some lack of sincerity, as in "It would not be politic to ignore them." "Advisable" suggests what is reasonable or proper under the circumstances, as in "Sometimes it's advisable to say nothing."